Trinidad and Tobago’s Police Commissioner, Gary Griffith, has ordered that a police officer be issued with a TT$1,000 ticket for breaching the Public Health Ordinance Regulations by not wearing a mask in public.
The unidentified officer, who was on duty in the capital on Friday with other officers, was spotted without a mask.
“We are here to lead by example. We are here to ensure that everyone adheres to the regulations. We cannot be seen breaching the said regulations,” Griffith said, adding that he had also asked for a report as to why the police officer was brandishing a sophisticated weapon in public without the ‘POLICE’ insignia on his clothing.
“We are here to lead by example.”— Griffith
Griffith said he wants the public to not only to be responsible but to be logical.
“There is a reason why persons are not allowed in the bars because you are trying to avoid close proximity to other persons. But if 50 persons are not allowed in a bar but the 50 persons instead go outside on the pavement, it poses a greater risk and health factor to you and others because you are now converging in a much tighter space than in the bar,’ Griffith said.
“The law was made to stop people from being in the bar, but by you going on the outside, is making it even worse.”
He continued: “It gives me no pleasure to try to enforce these laws and to cause persons to lose $1,000. So all I ask persons is just to adhere to the Regulations.”